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  • Southwest Plaza annexation on hold again

    A possible annexation of Southwest Plaza mall by the town of Bow Mar is in a holding pattern again.

    General Growth Properties, owner of Southwest Plaza, and Bow Mar have decided to delay the annexation plan until the company completes the ongoing $75 million to $80 million renovation of the shopping center. The renovations are set to be finished this fall.

  • Restrictions on sidewalk displays are retained

    By Ramsey Scott

    Staff Writer

    The Littleton City Council has temporarily put off making any changes to restrictions on retail sidewalk displays downtown.

    Last May, the council voted to let downtown merchants use the sidewalks in front of their stores to display merchandise for three days each month. Merchants must apply to the city for a free permit before putting out displays.

  • Meeting without minutes raises Sunshine Law questions

    The Littleton City Council didn’t keep minutes of a meeting during which it interviewed the seven candidates for an open council seat, a possible violation of the state Open Meetings Law.

    The law states that “local public bodies must keep minutes of meetings where formal action does or could occur.” Since all six members of the council were present at the April 14 meeting, formal action could have been taken on the vacancy.

  • Scouts plan suicide-prevention walk

    A group of Girl Scouts in South Jeffco has continued to work this year to raise money and awareness for suicide prevention.

    For the third year, the seven members of Troop 50379 will hold the Out of the Darkness Campus Walk on May 2 at Dakota Ridge High School. The event raises money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and raises awareness about the serious problem of suicide, said Sonja Singelstad, 16, a member of the troop.

  • Commissioners OK resolution on development, property rights

    Jeffco’s county commissioners have approved a resolution designed to emphasize the county’s commitment to fairly weigh all development applications and to protect property rights.

    The resolution was presented by Commissioner Don Rosier during staff briefings April 14 and was approved on a 3-0 vote April 21.

  • Consultant selected to fill Littleton City Council vacancy

    The Littleton City Council has chosen a replacement for former council member Randy Stein, who resigned March 27 after serving less than a year and a half of his four-year term.

    William Hopping was selected April 14 by the remaining six council members to fill the vacancy. Hopping’s selection was officially approved during the council’s April 21 meeting.

    Hopping was one of seven applicants for the position and was selected unanimously. Council member Bruce Beckman said Hopping had “the best blend of quality attributes.”

  • Child abuse charges against bus driver are dropped

    The Jeffco district attorney has dropped child abuse charges against a school bus driver who was accused of grabbing a disruptive pre-teen by the throat in January.

    The DA on April 8 dismissed two misdemeanor child abuse charges against Littleton resident David Blanchard, citing a lack of evidence, said DA’s spokeswoman Pam Russell.

  • Kempe, Dozier retain seats on IREA board

    Both foothills-area directors of the Intermountain Rural Electric Association retained their seats on the nonprofit power co-op’s board in this month’s election.

    Pine Junction resident Duke Dozier, whose district stretches from Kenosha Pass to Aspen Park and includes some parts of Castle Rock, outpolled his opponent by less than 350 votes.

    Littleton resident Mike Kempe, who represents an area from Aspen Park east to Castle Pines and Roxborough, retained his seat by a much larger margin.

  • Columbine High closed Monday in memory of shooting victims

    Columbine High School was closed Monday in memory of the 12 students and a teacher who lost their lives 16 years ago at the school.

    The tradition of closing the school in honor of those that died was continued by new Columbine principal K.C. Somers, who replaced former principal Frank DeAngelis this year after DeAngelis retired.

    DeAngelis was scheduled to be at the school’s library to lead a moment of silence at 11:20 a.m.

  • School board member apologizes for Facebook post

    A school board member who publicly shared a link on Facebook calling for parents to protest Friday’s LGBT Day of Silence said she didn’t read the post before sharing it and feels “sickened” over its message.